Top prizes for St Alban's Players
WESTBURY Park-based community drama group St Alban’s Players has scooped three top prizes in the Bristol Drama Festival with their play about bees and flowers.
Starring children from across Henleaze and Westbury, the cast are aged between 8 and 12 years.
Their one act play - ‘The Meadow’ by American author, Michael Soetaert – is about a young killer bee called Buzz who doesn’t want to kill. It’s set in an imaginary meadow filled with speaking daffodils, dandelions, poppies and nettles who all try to persuade the killer bee to fly elsewhere.
The group won three trophies; Best Youth Production, Costume Award for Sue Cox and Most Promising Youth Performance for Cosmo Kay, aged 12, as the killer bee, Benjamin in the Bristol One Act Festival which features amateur dramatic groups from across the region.
The play was directed by St Albans Players founders, Jill Gill and Andrew Smith, along with his wife Decia. They helped to set up the group in 1973 and have been performing and directing ever since. Rehearsals and performances take place at St Albans Church Hall and they aim to put on three productions a year.
Jill Gill said: “The Juniors rose to the challenge and wowed the audience - if anyone can give plants and flowers personalities and humour then they can. We had an amazing technical team who supported us throughout with lights and sounds - we even had a full rising sun and lots of buzzing!”
Ernie Christacos, aged 9, who played Buzz the reluctant killer bee said: “It was really fun being in such a big production.”
Cosmo Kay, who played Benjamin the thuggish older bee said: “It was great to compete and do well against adult theatre groups. And everyone in St Albans Players put so much time and effort in to make it happen.”
The youngsters will now go forward to represent Bristol in the Five Counties Youth Festival to be held at the Merlin Theatre, Frome.